Appellate court upholds 30-year sentence for Jersey City man who killed Bayonne man in 2016


The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division upheld a 30-year prison sentence for a Jersey City man who killed a Bayonne man in 2016.

Darrion Trent. Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

” … Defendant argues that the cumulative effect of the errors requires a new trial. No errors were committed. Thus, there was no cumulative effect that impacted the fairness of the proceedings,” Appellate Court Judges Carmen Alvarez and Thomas W. Sumners ruled on Wednesday.

Darrion K. Trent, 33, of Jersey City, who is serving a 30-year sentence in New Jersey State
Prison, appealed the conviction on various grounds, including allowing expert testimony in the absence of an expert report and an incomplete jury charge, and they were all denied.

On Saturday, June 4th, 2016, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Jersey City police officers were dispatched to West Side and Fairview Avenue in Jersey City on a report of shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers found Gordon and a second man, Tyrell Corbin of Jersey City, who had both been shot. Gordon sustained gunshot wounds to his torso and was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Corbin was also transported to JCMC for a gunshot wound to his lower extremity and was treated and released from the hospital.

The defendant was charged in a 20-count superseding indictment along with four co-defendants, Maurice Miles, Tony Martinez, Kawon Robinson and Katrell Trent.

Only Darrion Trent was charged with murder and the charges against Miles were dismissed by the time of the trial.

Martinez, Robinson, and Katrell Trent were tried along with Darrion Trent.

Trent was found guilty by a Hudson County jury in January and February of 2019 of first-degree murder, a lesser-included disorderly persons simple assault, second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

During the course of the trial, the State presented evidence establishing that Davon Gordon suffered from multiple gunshot wounds resulting in his death.

On May 10, 2019, Darrion Trent was sentenced to an aggregate term of 30 years in prison, with 30 years of parole ineligibility subject to the No Early Release Act. His sentence was also subject to the Graves Act.

According to the New Jersey Department of Corrections, his current release date is December 3rd, 2047.

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